Jour­ney to­wards a promis­ing ca­reer

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AN in­tern­ship is both an ex­cit­ing and nerve-wrack­ing chap­ter of stu­dent life – it will pre­pare you to face the different chal­lenges of the work­ing world. To make the tran­si­tion to the work­ing world fruit­ful, Ni­lai Univer­sity’s School of Man­age­ment and Mar­ket­ing of­fers pro­grammes with great in­dus­trial exposure through in­tern­ship place­ments with well-es­tab­lished com­pa­nies.

At Ni­lai Univer­sity, you will ex­pe­ri­ence growth as you come into your own, build­ing on your strengths and learn­ings. This growth will be fur­ther en­hanced through your in­tern­ship, and that re­sult will help you ace in­ter­views and se­cure jobs upon grad­u­a­tion.

Be pre­pared

It means no last-minute work. Pre­par­ing for an in­tern­ship re­quires time, ef­fort and re­search. Spend a few hours a week re­search­ing com­pa­nies you wish to in­tern at and note their re­quire­ments, their work culture and their work.

Next, short­list the com­pa­nies you’re gen­uinely in­ter­ested in and start send­ing re­sumes. Lec­tur­ers at Ni­lai Univer­sity will be able to guide you through the process and of­fer ad­vice. The aca­demic and stu­dent-sup­port team at the univer­sity are con­cerned for your fu­ture and will­ing to help you un­der­stand your in­tern­ship goals and there­fore, se­cure the most suit­able place­ment for an in­tern­ship.

Fac­ulty of Business dean, Prof Dr Si­vaku­mar Ve­layutham says that while the in­tern­ship pro­gramme ex­poses stu­dents to a work en­vi­ron­ment be­fore they grad­u­ate, he and the lec­tur­ers are also con­cerned about stu­dents’ well-be­ing and abil­ity to cope, “We have to en­sure em­ploy­ers have a well-struc­tured train­ing pro­gramme that will ex­pose our stu­dents to var­i­ous skills: train and dis­ci­pline them at the same time.”

Ja­son Chiew, a Bach­e­lor of Business Ad­min­is­tra­tion (Hons) in Mar­ket­ing stu­dent com­pleted his in­tern­ship as a Mar­ket­ing Trainee at 1 Ocean Ma­rine and is con­tin­u­ing his Master’s at Ni­lai Univer­sity this Oc­to­ber. He says, “It is in­ter­est­ing to be an in­tern. I have to do ev­ery­thing on my own. I was ner­vous in the be­gin­ning, as not ev­ery­one will eas­ily adapt to the work­ing en­vi­ron­ment.”

Bach­e­lor of Business Ad­min­is­tra­tion (Hons) in Hu­man Re­source Man­age­ment stu­dent, Ho Ka Zhin de­scribed her in­tern­ship at Pi­lah Syabas Mar­ket­ing as challengin­g.

Con­fi­dence boost

Many stu­dents face a challenge when they are in an in­ter­view with ac­tual em­ploy­ers. Chiew says lec­tur­ers at Ni­lai Univer­sity em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and con­fi­dence.

You can boost your con­fi­dence and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills by par­tic­i­pat­ing in pub­lic speak­ing. When you are at ease de­liv­er­ing a talk to a crowd while main­tain­ing eye con­tact, you will be calmer and more con­fi­dent in an in­ter­view.

Ho be­lieves Ni­lai Univer­sity’s gen­eral stud­ies course in co-cur­ricu­lum helps stu­dents im­prove their com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills. She was in the com­mit­tee for sev­eral projects and was able to prac­tise com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills with her peers and lec­tur­ers.

You can also boost your con­fi­dence and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills by talk­ing to your lec­tur­ers, friends and men­tors. Discuss your on­go­ing search for in­tern­ships and up­com­ing in­ter­views.

Bach­e­lor of Business Ad­min­is­tra­tion (Hons) in In­ter­na­tional Business stu­dent, Dashini Kan­nan will be­gin her in­tern­ship in May 2020. She learned from her lec­tur­ers the im­por­tance of mak­ing an ex­cel­lent first impression.

Never stop learn­ing

Learn­ing should be a con­tin­u­ous process for you to grow in your work­place con­tin­u­ally.

The in­tern­ship pro­gramme is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to learn new things, gain knowl­edge and skills in your field of in­ter­est as well as other ar­eas.

By con­tin­u­ally learn­ing and open­ing your minds to new knowl­edge and skills, you will gain valu­able ex­pe­ri­ences, which can make you stand out in an in­ter­view.

Ho also had the op­por­tu­nity to learn from a few de­part­ments, mainly Ac­count­ing and Ad­min­is­tra­tion. She ob­tained broad knowl­edge and skill-sets that she could ex­plore in the fu­ture.

Be ca­reer-ready

Ni­lai Univer­sity works to pro­vide qual­ity pro­grammes fea­tur­ing the lat­est cur­ricu­lum to en­sure stu­dents grow to be con­fi­dent, re­spon­si­ble and critical-think­ing in­di­vid­u­als. The univer­sity aims to pro­duce skilled stu­dents who are adapt­able in the work­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

Be­ing equipped with knowl­edge in your field of ex­per­tise and a good un­der­stand­ing of your role in the workforce as­sures you will be among the can­di­dates to be shortliste­d.

Kick-start your jour­ney to­wards a promis­ing ca­reer with Ni­lai Univer­sity.

The univer­sity of­fers up to 100% in schol­ar­ships as well as ac­com­mo­da­tion fee waivers, so come for a cam­pus tour if you have any ques­tions.

In­takes are on­go­ing, so en­rol now while you can.

■ For de­tails, look out for the ad­ver­tise­ment in this StarSpe­cial.

Dashini learned from her lec­tur­ers the im­por­tance of mak­ing an ex­cel­lent first impression. Chiew com­pleted his in­tern­ship as a Mar­ket­ing Trainee at 1 Ocean Ma­rine. Ho de­scribed her in­tern­ship at Pi­lah Syabas Mar­ket­ing as challengin­g.

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